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Program Coordinator
Dr. William Nowak
(713) 221-8673
nowakw@uhd.edu


UHD Study Abroad Trip to Costa Rica

May 31 - June 28, 2014

Passport Information

You must have a passport by March 1, 2014 and passports must be valid through January of 2015. You will need to provide a copy of your passport to Dr.William Nowak as part of your travel documents.


Passport applications can take up to 2 months to process. You MUST start NOW!! Please do not wait until the last minute because you risk being unable to travel if your passport isn’t processed in time.


If you are a U.S. citizen, and you are applying for a passport for the first time, you will need to do the following:


  1. Fill out Form DS-11: Application for a U.S. Passport.
  2. Submit completed Form DS-11 in person.
  3. Submit evidence of U.S. citizenship.
  4. Present identification.
  5. Submit a photocopy of the identification document(s).
  6. Pay the applicable fee.
  7. Provide one passport photo.

For an application and more information on how to apply for a U.S. passport please visit the Travel.State.Gov website from the U.S. Department of State.


Passport photos can be obtained at most FedEx Office locations and many drugstores (CVS, Walgreen’s, etc.).


After gathering the appropriate documents and completing the necessary paperwork, you will then visit an authorized passport office, turn in your paperwork and pay the appropriate fee. Most often, authorized passport offices are located in post offices.


For a list of passport offices where you can apply for a passport please visit this web site.


The nearest passport office to UHD is located at the Central Post Office at:
401 Franklin Street
Houston TX 77201
Hours: Mon-Fri 7am-7pm, Sat 8am-12pm


If you are not a U.S. citizen, you still need a valid passport. If you need to get a new one or update the one you have, you will have to visit the consulate of your country of origin.

United States citizens do not require a visa to enter Costa Rica. However, citizens of other countries may be required to have a visa to enter Costa Rica. More information on visa requirements for Costa Rica may be found here at this web site.


Information for the Consulate-General of Costa Rica in Houston may be found at this web site.


If you have any other questions or concerns please e-mail Dr. William Nowak.



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